Your landlord won’t return your deposit after you’ve moved out of your old apartment. Your car has minor damage from an accident. You paid a business for a service and now they refuse to do it. Your neighbor knocked down part of your privacy fence to put in a backyard basketball court.
In each of these situations, you suffered a financial loss because of the actions or inactions of someone else. Fairness dictates that you be compensated. However, you may be tempted to just forget the matter because the amount of money involved isn’t that much—certainly not enough to think about hiring an attorney—and that’s if you’re lucky enough to collect. You’re not happy about it, but going any farther seems like too much trouble.
You’ve thought about taking your case to Small Claims Court, but worry about the obstacles to success even though you know what happened in your case and why you deserve to be compensated. The prospect of having to explain it to a judge you’ve never met, in front of a roomful of strangers, is daunting. And then there is the need to get all the paperwork straight while navigating the unfamiliar legal system, with its plaintiffs, defendants, bailiffs, impossible to understand rules and strange terminology. It’s easy just to write off the experience as a lesson learned and move on.
People just like you win cases everyday in small claims courts all across Colorado. They believe their claims to compensation are worth pursuing, not abandoning, even if the amount is not enough to justify hiring a lawyer. They’ve familiarized themselves with the rules and procedures of Small Claims Court, and have done the preparation necessary to be successful there. They’ve done this on their own, without the aid of an attorney. You can, too.
“Winning Big in Colorado Small Claims Court” walks people with no previous knowledge of the Colorado Small Claims Court system, through this process step by step. This book will help you with everything from determining if your case is right for small claims court, laying the groundwork for a case, filing an action, handling the Defendant’s response, preparing for the hearing, to collecting your money. To get a better idea of how this book can help you, click on the widget below to view the entire table of contents and much more.
Winning Big in Colorado Small Claims Court: How to Sue and Collect, by Charles P. Brackney, Esq.